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Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Open Badges in Elementary School.

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

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Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. NOTE: I also recommend the Teachers Using Jamboards Group on Facebook.

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Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. The assessment data is correlated to and highly predictive of outcomes on DIBELS, AIMSweb, MAPS and other commonly used norm-referenced assessments.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., before they assign group work.

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Although Governor Phil Bryant is considering taking over Jackson Public Schools, which has struggled to improve student achievement and meet accreditation standards, there are bright spots in the district. Kathleen Grigsby principal of Davis Magnet World IB Elementary School, spoke to The Hechinger Report about student success at the school, particularly with early literacy.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Elementary Educators: Q&A With Dr. April DeGennaro

Mindspark Learning

I sat down with April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Peachtree City, Georgia this month to discuss why as an elementary school teacher, she has chosen to embrace AI for her own learning and that of her students. April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School. During this project, several of the researchers in that group asked me to join another project which was focused on artificial intelligence in schools.

Rethinking Summative Assessment: Giving Students Voice and Choice


Think back to an assessment you took in your elementary years. The assessments you took were not that memorable; you probably didn’t have a lasting connection and there was absolutely no impact on you as a learner whatsoever. Mini-lesson to you or a small group of peers.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Elementary Educators: Q&A With Dr. April DeGennaro

Mindspark Learning

I sat down with April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Peachtree City, Georgia this month to discuss why as an elementary school teacher, she has chosen to embrace AI for her own learning and that of her students. April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments


The term “grades” has become almost taboo among some educators in New Hampshire, where seven elementary schools are slowly ditching the word altogether through a program known as. The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. We don't talk about that [grades] anymore,” says Amy Allen, principal at Parker Varney Elementary, a NG2 school.

#AskExcelinEd: 4 Questions to Assess Parent Satisfaction with Distance Learning


We reviewed these resources and identified four questions states and schools can consider as they assess parent satisfaction with distance learning. While no one group was overwhelmingly satisfied, low-income parents and students are among the most disappointed, according to some polls.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura: So I used to do literacy task boards on paper, which is basically — while I meet quickly a group for guided reading, this is what the rest of the students are doing — so there a lot of different choices on the choice board. So while I’m working with a guided reading group, the rest of the students in my class will log on to their accounts, open up their hyperdocs task board, and choose an activity to do independently.

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Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It


Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the back of your corner coffee shop or the so-called Ponzi schemes of MFA programs like the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, assessment comes in the form of peer feedback—marginalia and discussion. As the educators I spoke with lamented, “the product is so hard to assess.” He avoids assessing creative writing altogether by assigning his students to write critical essays about their own short stories.

How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and share what’s working. One of the issues I’m most passionate about is making teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable, so I’ve gathered a group of educators to create a Productivity Roundtable. The topic for our first productivity roundtable is streamlining the grading and assessment process.

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Students tackle lessons at their own pace as they work in groups to focus on concepts they find most challenging. “I Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working. For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book.

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New Open Ed. Group Vows to Battle Commercial Publishers for K-12 Contracts

Marketplace K-12

The districts are the Sunnyside Unified School District in Arizona; Galt Joint Union Elementary School District in California; Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina; and the Evergreen Public Schools and the Tumwater School District in Washington state, according to Open Up Resources. Jay Diskey, the executive director of the PreK-12 learning group for the Association of American Publishers, said he couldn’t say whether the Open Up Resources effort will take off or stall.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. The PACE pilot program is the first federal-approved competency-based assessment pilot and allows a group of New Hampshire school districts to pilot a new accountability regime based on a mix of local and state assessments. For example, when KIPP Empower , an elementary school in Los Angeles, Calif.,

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The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

At the time the flipped approach was all the rage and best suited for the resources we had and the age group of our kids. The goal was to make the learning experience more personal for our students while better meeting their individual needs in the process. Herein lies the impetus of the work at Wells Elementary schoo l the past two years. When it comes to differentiation and summative assessment I recommend the integration of adaptive learning tools.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Formative assessment is key. Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools is a helpful article that I wrote for Edutopia. Also see Better Teaching and Learning with Formative Assessment from Advancement Courses. Edpuzzle adds formative assessment and shows us the percentage of the video watched by students. When one comes up against a difficult task and learns to persist and find joy in the journey, it’s practice for joyfully meeting difficulties later in life.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

A student at Belmont-Cragin Elementary School. Lee Elementary, a Pre-K-8 school on Chicago’s southwest side. “I And it’s something the people at LEAP try to alleviate by bringing in past cohorts, like that day’s group, to mingle and continue sharing ideas and inspiration. “It’s

Standout with these 5 Lesson Improvement Tips


While almost any lesson plan can be adapted for outdoor learning, science courses are an excellent place to start, particularly for elementary students. In a list of assessment writing tips compiled by Brown University, researchers cited the importance of assessments as part of the learning process. Knowing ahead of time how you plan to assess students on a given topic can be an incredibly valuable tool in lesson planning.

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New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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OPINION: Fires, storms and Covid: How some school districts focused on equity during decision time

The Hechinger Report

Covid disproportionately impacted communities of color in this group. Covid disproportionately impacted communities of color in this group. In going back to school, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, stuck to traditional schedules of formal assessments, as did Indianapolis and Monterey.

Is the pandemic our chance to reimagine education for students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

You talk to anybody at a school or staff about the need, and whether they have what they need to meet the needs of these kids. I would come home after we had one of these meetings or sessions, and I’m Googling, I’m researching, and it’s overwhelming.”

6 Tech Treasures for Special Ed Teachers (K-6)

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: WriQ from Texthelp is a new FREE Add-on for Google Docs that helps teachers easily assess student writing and track progress over time by automatically scoring students’ spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. What I like about the chat option is that teachers don’t want to give out a cell phone number to parents or anything, but you can build a Remind group, and parents will have access to text you to have a conversation.

Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know, to be honest, by having them be a part of those provocations — they can bring them in, we can bring them in — and then from there, we can connect to other plans that we have in our curriculum and with regards to our assessment, right? So asking a big question of myself and a little group of teachers within my building — and that question, obviously revolves around how my teaching is impacting my students’ learning.

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Thousands of families in special education limbo

The Hechinger Report

The process of assessing students for special education can be lengthy and often requires a barrage of assessments including classroom observations, a psychological evaluation and academic tests. The district began the fall with nearly 1,800 students waiting for assessments.

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

The Hechinger Report

On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, three miles and a world apart. Black, Latino and Indigenous groups are often left out. The district hired Orfield’s UCLA group to recommend changes.

IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Working with that group, I really found my tribe, and I really worked to explore and expand myself in a leadership role and helping other teachers in other districts build their own blended-learning capacities. I really do build classroom cohort so that we meet outside of the classroom as groups where we can really collaborate together and plan together. Deb has appeared as a guest on the Meet Education Project Podcast and in a segment for PBS RI Classrooms.

Build a Solid Stem with @Science4UsSays: K-2 Online, Interactive Science


Science4Us: Overview Science4Us is a comprehensive web-based digital science curriculum for elementary students that includes all of the components necessary for teachers and parents to provide an exemplary science experience for all learners. Finally each module includes an interactive Evaluate to assess student learning gains. As such, the curriculum is designed to be flexible in nature and able to meet the needs of individual classrooms without adding additional software.

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Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

Cardona probably first caught the collective eye of the state’s education and political leaders in 2010 when he was appointed co-chairman of a legislative task force studying the state’s intractable academic achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups. FROM OUR PARTNER.

Reimagining Student Supports in a Year of Distance Instruction

Digital Promise

From our conversations with kindergarten through third grade teachers, literacy coaches, and principals in 17 elementary schools across the country, we highlight below three ways schools are reimagining student supports during a year of distance instruction.

Is it time to stop segregating kids by ability in middle school math?

The Hechinger Report

Just 22 percent of students in the district are Black, Latino or multiracial, but in some lower-level math classes a disproportionate share of the kids were from those racial groups. It was in those meetings that the teachers proposed detracking eighth grade math. ITHACA, N.Y. —

OPINION: The job of school principal was always difficult. The pandemic has made it impossible

The Hechinger Report

Before the pandemic, preparing for a new school year was a litany of planning for instruction (data analysis, curriculum and assessment, professional development) and logistics (scheduling teachers and students, hiring, formulating a budget).

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Screencastify is an essential tool for making flipped lessons, student videos and creative formative assessments. So you’ve got the writing standard, but they may actually meet the standard without written expression? You meet with your critique group to go over it, and you can do that virtually on Google Hangouts or Skype. 5 Idea Friday Blogging Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) How to Guides.

Getting rid of gifted programs: Trying to teach students at all levels together in one class

The Hechinger Report

More than 30 years ago, Rockville Centre began a gradual but determined effort to do away with gifted classes in its elementary schools as well as many of the tracked classes at the middle and high schools.